Top Maker Interview: Gatostao

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Hello everyone!

This week, I’ve decided to do something a little bit different:
An interview with one of our Top Makers!

Gatostao is one of our most successful Makers. He’s made the popular series of games known as Willa’s Adventure, which has managed to accumulate over 360 000 Plays in total.

Interview with Gatostao

You have a game that’s almost reached 150 000 plays and another that’s about to reach 100 000! Congratulations!

Thank you! I didn’t expect that for sure, I’m so happy about it!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been passionate about games my whole life. I love the experience of playing all sorts of games and video games.
I always dreamed about creating my own games, for others to enjoy, but just until some years ago, I decided to dedicate my life to it, and here I am.

What inspires you when you make your games?

The idea of someone having fun, or falling into another reality playing something I created, is what pushes me to make a game.
Then, everything is an inspiration: the books I’ve read, the movies I’ve seen, the news of the day, something I saw when I went to the street. For me, creativity is not about coming up with something completely new, it is about how you reinterpret the things you know, and put that out in your unique way.

What do you like making the most?

When I’m creating an experience in Adventure box, what I enjoy the most is when I get to the little details, positioning things in the right spots so Players can find them when I want them to, decorating locations to make them feel natural, thinking about every step and detour that the players may take to make sure they have a good experience, thinking how to challenge the minds of the Players…
In design, little details matter a lot, the players may not note them consciously, but they for sure will make their experience better. I also love putting references in the games, like when I created Jason Voorhees’s “playroom” in the basement on Alien Invasion.

When you’re not making Adventure Box games, what are some of your other interests?

Oops! That would be a long list, but I’ll try to keep it short.
Mainly, I enjoy creating voxel art a lot (which is Adventure Box’s art style), and I’m fortunate to do that as a job.
Of course, I’m always trying new games and testing every creative tool that I can find out there. I guess I’m hyperactive and get into too many things but the bright side is that I’m never bored.

Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring Makers?

I think I do and hopefully, they could be of help:

First, have fun! Have fun creating games, make only games that you would like to play.

Before you start creating your first game, play other creators’ games, see what can be done in Adventure Box.
Then, play with the creator mode, get used to how it works, understand the possibilities and the limitations.

Adventure Box gives you great tools to play with. Explore those tools, combine them, and push yourself to use them beyond the obvious use.

Test your game all the time, don’t take for granted that things will work as you intend, or that Players will do what you expect them to do.
Test the game yourself, and if possible, test it with someone else.

I’ll be looking forward to playing your games!

Check out all of the games that Gatostao has made here:

Part 1 of the Willa’s Adventure series can be found here:

Best wishes,

The Adventure Box Team